Expert: 20% of ISIS converts were Christian

2015-11-25 09:35
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New York - A terrorism expert says about 20% of the recruits to the Islamic State extremist group are from Christian families and three-quarters of those who become foreign fighters for militant groups do it through their friends.

Scott Atran, co-founder of the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict at Oxford University, says research has found that only one in five young people are recruited by a family member and that "radicalisation rarely occurs in mosques" and very, very rarely through anonymous recruiters and strangers.

He told a meeting on "Foreign Terrorist Fighters" on Tuesday organised by the UN Security Council's counter-terrorism committee that "it is the call to glory and adventure that moves these young people to join the Islamic State" and that "jihad offers them a way to become heroes".

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